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EAGLES’ boss Mark Aston has hit out after Sheffield’s bid to bring the 2013 Rugby League World Cup to the city was snubbed.

South Yorkshire fans have been ignored with Doncaster also missing out on staging games or hosting one of the 14 teams competing when the RFL announced the venues.

“It’s a massive slap in the face because we need support for what we are doing for the game in South Yorkshire,” said Aston.

“I’m really disappointed but this is the norm for the RFL. South Yorkshire has been ignored. The RFL keep promising that we will get a major game but those promises are not kept.”

The Sheffield bid centred on Bramall Lane with hopes that a major national team would be based in the city using Sheffield United’s training facilities. The bid was also backed by the city council and Hallam University.

Bramall Lane – where the Eagles play most of their home games - had been seen as a front runner after the stadium was designated the venue if a replay was needed for the last two Challenge Cup finals.

Aston wants a full explanation from the RFL for their decision. “I’m really fed up with the RFL – they have turned down some of the best facilities possible at Sheffield United,” said Aston who will coach Ireland inthe tournament. We will be asking the RFL exactly why we haven’t be chosen because I don’t understand this decision.”

The RFL has decided to stage the World Cup in four countries, England, Wales Ireland and France.

Games will be played at a number of non-traditional venues including Bristol, Neath and Wrexham in Wales, and Limerick in Ireland. West Yorkshire has been given matches at Leeds, Huddersfield and Halifax with games also at both the Hull clubs.

The tournament will be staged in the autumn of 2013 with 14 nations competing - Australia, Cook Islands, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga, USA and Wales.